Mykel Hawke


Senior Instructor

  • Personal Protection
  • Language & Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Special Operations

Expertise :
  • Bushcraft
  • Primitive Living Skills
  • Food, Water & Shelter Procurement


Mykel Hawke, Senior Instructor at American Survival Guide University, has a 25-year career as a captain in the U.S. Army, serving on active duty in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 12 years and in the National Guard and Army Reserve for another 12 years. A four-time Green Beret, Hawke served as a communications technician, medical specialist and intelligence operative. Last, but certainly not least, he served as an officer and combat commander.

Hawke has held top-secret clearance, was a jumpmaster and earned the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge. From serving as a soldier in Afghanistan to working as a special operations contract project manager in Iraq to fighting in the diamond wars of Sierra Leone, he has traveled the globe to help save lives.

A trained civilian skydiver, scuba diver, paramedic and FCC-licensed radio operator, Hawke has earned a black belt in aikido and judo. He has been teaching survival techniques to civilians, corporations, government and military special ops for nearly 20 years.

He authored Hawke’s Special Forces Survival Handbook: The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive (Running Press, 2011) and Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual (Running Press, 2009). In addition to his efforts as an author, Hawke has had a successful career teaching survival skills in the entertainment world. Most notably, Hawke starred in Discovery Channel’s Man, Woman, Wild and is currently starring In Travel Channel’s new original series, Lost Survivors.

Hawke is a monthly contributor to American Survival Guide Magazine. His column is called “Hawke Eye View on Survival.”